An invitation to Radical Tenderness

Dani will be hosting a full day public workshop on Sunday, Feb 2nd from 10am-6pm.

Venue: UBC’s Wood Processing Centerroom FSC 2916, 2424 Main Mall.
Light lunch will be provided.
As facilitatory space is limited, we ask that you RSVP here.

This is a call within increasingly fragmented and confusing times, when simply learning about ongoing injustices does not in itself disrupt the ways of knowing and being that are born through these injustices every day. To those in grief and illusions, where the body aches stiff: Can we listen ourselves back into radical tenderness?

Radical tenderness is a pedagogy that invites us to imagine new ways of relating to ourselves and each other. Through embodiment practices this method cultivates visceral resiliences in changing realities, so that we may engage with our personal and collective pains, complicities and complexities beyond the rational and discursive.

This practice stems from Dani D’Emilia’s work with the Decolonial Futures Collective and within decolonial, transfeminist, and performance pedagogies. The work invites us to engage with multiple ways of knowing, and with our individual and collective vulnerabilities.

Radical Tenderness asks that we show up willing to stretch beyond our comfort zones from a consensual and loving, yet critical and non-anthropocentric space.

The living invitation to Radical Tenderness can be read in full here.


Past gatherings

Other events

17 January “Against purity and for a politics of responsibility”, Alexis Shotwell, Carleton University

18 January “A worlded philosophy for Indigenous education”, Carl Mika, University of Waikato

1 February “Embodying Radical Tenderness” (performance workshop) Dani D’Emilia (performance artist), Lisbon

26 February “Threading generative relations in the midst of crises and loss” Elwood Jimmy, Indigenous Curator, Musagetes Arts Foundation

28 February “Exiled capacities: attunement” (dance workshop) Jyotsna Liyanaratne, Souffle de Danse, Paris

27 February Meeting for volunteers for the “With/Out” modernity congress subention

1-2 March “Practices of Indigenous health, existential wealth and wellbeing”

21 May Workshop: intellectual and affective GTDF experiments @ Ponderosa Commons PCOH 2012